The CAE Air1 ventilator has been certified by Health Canada. Designed and manufactured in Montreal, Canada, the ventilator is destined for hospitals across Canada where it will be used in the fight against COVID-19. Certification comes two months after CAE signed a contract with the Government of Canada to manufacture and supply 10,000 ventilators.
The CAE Air1 mechanical ventilator can deliver pressure control, volume control, and pressure support ventilation using room air or pressured oxygen. It uses an intuitive, simple touchscreen interface and is bundled with on-demand ventilator training, adaptive e-learning modules related to COVID-19 patient management, and 24/7 customer support. It will support Intensive Care Units patients treated for COVID-19.
The CAE Air1 ventilator’s more than 500 parts were chosen from more than 130 Canadian suppliers.
"Since the beginning of the pandemic, CAE was the first to receive certification from Health Canada for an entirely new ventilator. It was created and manufactured in Canada, and we are proud that it will help save lives in the fight against COVID-19," said Marc Parent, CAE's president and CEO. "The agility shown by CAE in designing and succeeding to have the CAE Air1 ventilator certified in a fraction of the usual time is a testament to the strength of CAE's innovation, engineering talent, and advanced manufacturing capabilities. I am proud of our team for rising to this humanitarian challenge and strengthening Canada's self-sufficiency in the medical field during these unprecedented times."
CAE will now start shipping hundreds of CAE Air1 ventilators to the Government of Canada every week.
"CAE, one of Canada's leading aerospace firms, stepped up early on with their commitment to produce a made-in-Canada ventilator design that will help save the lives of COVID-19 patients battling the disease. Today's announcement is a testament to CAE's agility and innovative capability. I am glad that we were able to support CAE in accelerating the design and manufacturing of CAE Air1 ventilator that is now ready to be used by our frontline healthcare workers," said the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
Each year, CAE trains more than 220,000 civil and defense crewmembers, including more than 135,000 pilots, and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide.